- Job no: NP49A
Ruah aims to promote measures to achieve equality. Section 51 of the Equal opportunity Act applies to this role.
Our mission is open hearts and bold strides.
Ruah Legal Services is the culmination of the merger between the Mental Health Law Centre (MHLC) and Ruah Community Services joining forces to pioneer a new approach, a wrap-around service for the most vulnerable people in our community that not only offers legal advice and representation but also provides non-legal support.
Ruah Legal Services specialises in providing end-to-end legal representation with integrated psycho-social support. We believe in questioning the status quo and taking bold strides to advocate for our clients and provide meaningful support.
We know that in order to deliver the best services for our clients, we need to provide an engaging, supportive work environment for our staff. We offer flexible workhours and leverage technology, including an intuitive, cloud-based Client Management System, to allow staff to seamlessly work from home when needed. We are aware of the emotional impact of advocating for our clients and are attentive to staff mental health and wellbeing. We believe in empowering our staff so they can better assist our clients.
This is a part-time position working 3 days per week for the duration of 12 months, with the possibility of extension. The position is employed by Ruah Community Services under Ruah Legal but will be based at Circle Green Community Legal (Circle Green) as part of a secondment partnership.
The successful candidate will be trained and supported by a team of experienced Key Workers currently working in Ruah Legal Services and providing psycho-social support to clients with chronic mental health issues along with clients that are affected by family and domestic violence.
This unique role provides an opportunity to work across two leading community legal centres, sharing the expertise Ruah Legal Services has working within an integrated model and embedding these learnings within Circle Green Community Legal Service.
Both services provide a statewide specialist legal service. Ruah Legal Services provides advice and legal representation to individuals experiencing chronic mental health illness, in the areas of involuntary treatment orders, guardianship and administration, restraining orders and criminal matters. Circle Green provides legal advice in the areas of tenancy, employment, and humanitarian.
The Key Worker position is at the forefront of the organisation in providing client facing support interventions. Your role requires advocating with and on behalf of the client to meet wider social, health and well-being needs. You will be responsible for undertaking tasks that support case management, including documentation, referrals, and appointments.
What we offer
- A supportive team
- Level 4 of the ScHads award $77,826 - $83,754 depending on experience
- Salary packaging, 5 weeks annual leave, leave loading
- Our technology is pretty awesome
- 16 weeks paid parental leave, with flex to take at 32 weeks half-pay (uniquely, new staff can access 4 weeks paid parental leave after just 6 months’ service)
- 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave
- Salary packaging up to $15,900
- Annual leave loading of 17.5% (for award-based staff)
- Flexible working hours and office locations (if applicable)
- An extensive learning and development program
- Opportunities to be active in the Ruah Community such as participating in a wide range of working groups, joining us at Pride events, being a part of a range of cultural events to promote and support reconciliation and much much more!
What we are looking for
It is expected that the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Relevant qualifications in a related discipline at degree, diploma, or certificate level.
- Experience in evidenced based case management practices.
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills.
- Skills in reflective practice and highly developed report writing using analytical reasoning.
- Knowledge and understanding of diversity, gender and social inclusion, particularly Aboriginal culture.
- Ability to support Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) clients, family members and significant others by listening to and understanding their experience of mental health issues, being sensitive to cultural norms and use of in interpreting services as required.
- Advanced computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office and client reporting systems.
- Ability to engage and maintain professional relationships with clients and their wider natural supports.
- Demonstrated understanding of complex issues facing people who experience challenging and co-presenting life circumstances such as homelessness, AOD use, family/domestic violence and mental health issues.
- Willingness and ability to work within and contribute to the vision, mission, core values and the guiding principles of both organisations.
- Experience working in a community legal centre.
- Experience with integrated approaches to legal practice which involve collaboration with non-legal support services.
How to apply
If you are interested in this position, please click apply at the top of the page. Please submit a cover page addressing the selection criteria of no more than 3 pages along a copy of your CV.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 4pm, 14 September 2022
For further information or a confidential discussion about the position please contact:
Carmen Acosta, Executive Manager - Ruah Legal Services
We are building a workplace where difference is embraced and encouraged - and to do this, we need people on our team who are representative of the clients we work with, who are passionate about change and courageous enough to stand up for what is right.
Everyone is welcome. Everyone belongs.
- Published on 01 Sep 2022, 2:36 AM